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Benedict Kloeckner

cello

Known for his "fabulous lightness and suppleness" and "perfect intonation" (Neue Züricher Zeitung), cellist Benedict Kloeckner "exudes joy, ease, naturalness, and poetic design...Enchanted by the music...his performance resembles that of Jaqueline du Pré" (Operaplus).

Bio

Born in 1989, Benedict Kloeckner is recipient of the European Broadcasting Union Award (Bratislava), the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann (Berlin), Animato International Soloist Competition (Zürich), the “Nicolas Firmenich Prize” (Verbier Festival, Switzerland) and First Prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition New York.  He was also awarded the “European Culture Prize” by the “European Culture Foundation”.

As a soloist, Benedict has performed with orchestras worldwide including the NDR Radio Symphony, German Radio, German State and Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Kremerata Baltica, the Slovakian Radio Orchestra and Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague’s chamber orchestras, under the baton of conductors including Michael Sanderling, Howard Griffiths, Heinrich Schiff, Simon Gaudenz and Karl Heinz Steffens. Benedict performs regularly at such venues as Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Tonhalle Zurich, Laeizhalle Hamburg, “Mozarteum” Salzburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rudolfinum Prague, John F. Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall Chicago, Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre and Seoul Arts Center. He enjoys playing chamber music with such partners as Sir András Schiff, Anne Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer, Christoph Eschenbach, Anna Fedorova and Antoine Tamestit, and is regularly invited to renowned music festivals: Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Beethovenfest Bonn, Ludwigsburg, Schwetzingen, Gstaad and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to name but a few.

A keen interpreter of contemporary music, Benedict Kloeckner performed Wolfgang Rihm’s cello concerto “Temptation” in Munich and presents the composer’s Duo Concerto in Autumn 2016. He recorded, for Genuin in co-operation with the SWR, the complete works for cello and piano by Howard Blake, for whom he has been dedicatee of numerous works.

Benedict has recorded extensively: a CD of Italian concertos by Roberto Molinelli and Gian Carlos Menotti at the invitation of Gidon Kremer, with the Kremerata Baltica, conducted by Heinrich Schiff; the Schumann concerto with the German String Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Sanderling (Genuin), which received high acclaim from international press and radio; rare works by Spanish composers (Hänssler Classic); pieces for cello by Rihm, Strauss and Poulenc (Movimentos Edition), which was nominated for the “Deutsche Schallplattenkritik”. In Autumn 2016 he will release a second recording with regular chamber music partner Anna Fedorova; Franck and Chopin’s sonatas for cello and piano.

From 2002 to 2009, Benedict Kloeckner studied with Martin Ostertag at the Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe. He furthered his studies with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman within the Kronberg Academy Masters programme, with generous support from the “Angela Winkler-Scholarship”. He has been awarded additional scholarships from the German National Merit Foundation, the foundation of the State Bank of Baden Württemberg, the Oscar und Vera Ritter Stiftung and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Benedict Kloeckner plays an Italian cello by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona 1680), kindly on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

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    Gaspar Cassadó, Suite for Cello

    I. Prelude

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    Isaac Albéniz, Malagueña

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    Rachmaninov, Cello Sonata (with Anna Fedorova)

    I. Lento

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    Chopin, Cello Sonata in G Minor

    IV. Finale

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    Bach, Cello Suite no. 6(live in concert)

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    Programs

    2017/18 Program Offerings

    • 18/19 PREVIEW

      With works by Franck, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Janáček

    • Yearning

      Schumann, Chopin, Brahms

    • A Russian Journey

      Shostakovich, Piatigorsky, Rachmaninov

    • Fairytales

      Schumann, Janáček, Grieg

    • Diversions

      César Franck, Howard Blake, Francis Poulenc

    Current & Recent Programs

    • Concerto Offerings

      Benedict Kloeckner is pleased to offer the following concerti:

      FEATURED:

      Schumann (1810-1856)
      Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129

      Haydn (1732-1809)
      Concerto No. 1 in C Major

      Shostakovich (1906-1975)
      Concerto No.1 in E Flat Major, Op. 107

      Dvořák (1841-1904)
      Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104

      Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
      Concerto Nr.1 in g minor op.49

      Prokofiev (1891-1953)
      Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125

      Philip Glass (1937)
      Cello concerto No. 1

      Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952)
      Versuchung

      Brahms (1833-1897)
      Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op. 102

      Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
      Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

      FULL REPERTOIRE LIST:

      Vivaldi (1678-1741)
      Concerto in C Major for Diverse Instruments
      Concerto in a Minor

      Johann Melchior Molter (1696-1765)
      Concerto in C Major, MWV 6.7

      C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788)
      Concerto in B Flat Major

      Georg Christoph Wagenseil (1715-1777)
      Concerto in A Major
      Concerto in C Major

      Haydn (1732-1809)
      Concerto No. 1 in C Major
      Concerto No. 2 in D Major

      Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
      Concerto in B Flat Major (original version), G. 482
      Concerto in G Major, G. 480

      Philip Glass (1937)
      Cello concerto No. 1

      Beethoven (1770-1827)
      Triple Concerto, Op. 56

      Schumann (1810-1856)
      Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129

      Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
      Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in A minor Op. 22

      Robert Volkmann (1815-1883)
      Serenade No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 69
      Concerto in A Minor, Op. 33

      Lalo (1823-1892)
      Concerto in D Minor

      Brahms (1833-1897)
      Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op. 102
      Concerto in A Minor, Op. 102 (Cord Garben)

      Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
      Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33
      Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 119

      Bruch (1838-1920)
      Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

      Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
      Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
      Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62
      Nocturne

      Dvořák (1841-1904)
      Rondo for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 94 Waldesruhe

      Fauré (1845-1924)
      Élégie, Op. 24

      Elgar (1857-1934)
      Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85

      Eugen d’Albert (1864-1932)
      Concerto, Op. 20

      Glazunov (1865-1936)
      Concerto Ballata in C Major, Op. 108
      Chant du Ménestrel, Op. 71

      Schoenberg (1874-1951)
      Concerto (transcription from Georg Monns Recorder Concerto in D Major for Pablo Casals) combined with Georg Monns Cello Concerto in G minor

      Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)
      Schelomo

      Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
      Concerto, Op. 40

      Prokofiev (1891-1953)
      Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125

      William Walton (1902-1983)
      Concerto

      Khachaturian (1903-1978)
      Concerto in E Minor

      Shostakovich (1906-1975)
      Concerto No.1 in E Flat Major, Op. 107
      Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126

      Britten (1913-1976)
      Symphony, Op. 68

      Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
      Concerto Nr.1 in g minor op. 49

      Lutosławski (1913-1994)
      Concerto

      Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996)
      Concerto in D Minor, Op. 43

      Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000)
      Concerto

      Howard Blake (b. 1938)
      Diversions

      Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952)
      Versuchung

    Projects & Collaborations

    Priday-Kloeckner-Armstrong Trio

    All soloists in their own right, violinist Rachel Lee Priday, cellist Benedict Kloeckner, and pianist Andrew Armstrong have combined powerful forces to create a dynamic new trio.

    Additional Offerings

    • The Art of Cello Playing

      Benedict offers a special “Art of Cello” studio class, inspired by Gidon Kremer's "dialogues." Benedict focuses this interactive class on the use of technique in the service of the music, with the aim of developing distinctive musical character....

    • Master Classes and Workshops

      Benedict can offer master classes and workshops to a range of levels, devised in line with curriculum focuses. His experience as a soloist and in chamber music brings not only a clear insight into technical aspects, but also into musicianship and perfo...